Pair of Cubs to swing bats in college
McBroom, Wright sign to Missouri S&T, College of the Ozarks
Monett seniors Estin McBroom and Tanner Wright have been instrumental leaders for the Cubs this season, and the pair will part ways this fall after signing to separate Missouri Colleges.
McBroom signed his letter of intent Wednesday to play at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, and Wright follows by signing to play at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout.
McBroom said he chose S&T because of how well it fit his future plans.
“I feel like Missouri S&T is a really good fit for me academically and athletically, and I really like the school,” he said. “I’m really excited to meet some new people and get going in a college baseball program.”
Wright said Hard Work U was his pick because of the baseball program.
“College of the Ozarks is a great school with a solid baseball program,” he said. “I’m also excited to meet new people and get going with the team.”
Both seniors said the highlight of their prep careers came in their sophomore seasons, when the Cubs were one of the top eight teams in the state after defeating Springfield Catholic 5-4 in sectionals.
“That was a big accomplishment for us as a team,” McBroom said.
“Winning sectionals is not something the team has experienced much before,” Wright said.
For younger players, Wright said they key to success in the sport is putting in the time.
“Always work your hardest, and it will eventually pay off if you put the hours in,” he said.
McBroom said the books should also be a focus.
“Do good in school because academics is very important to being able to play in college,” he said.
McBroom plans to study engineering at Missouri S&T, and Wright plans to tackle business administration at College of the Ozarks.
McBroom is the son of Tony and Jennifer McBroom, and he is the older brother of Aiden McBroom.
Wright is the son of Scott and Tiffany Wright, and he is the older brother to Morgan Wright.
As of the day they signed, McBroom has pitched 27 innings in his six starts this season. He has allowed 18 hits, 7 earned runs and struck out 40. His ERA sits at 1.815. At the plate, McBroom has 11 hits, including 2 home runs, and 6 RBI. His average is .306.
Wright leads the Cubs batting with 12 hits, also with 2 homers, and 8 RBI. His average is the best on the team at .343.